Samsung's latest 5G smartphone comes with quantum encryption technology
Tech giant Samsung and South Korean carrier SK Telecom have announced a new 5G smartphone called the Galaxy A Quantum. It is touted as the world's first 5G phone to come equipped with a quantum random number generator (QRNG) chipset. However, apart from the encryption chip, the handset is basically a rebranded version of the Galaxy A71 5G which was announced last month.
The QRNG chipset enhances the security of the phone by using quantum encryption technology to create unpredictable security keys. This chip also packs an LED and a CMOS image sensor, which detects light emitted by the diode to generate a string of numbers. These numbers are then shared with services that require identification and certification in order to generate encryption keys.
As a rebranded version of A71 5G, the Galaxy A Quantum sports a punch-hole design with slim bezels and an in-screen fingerprint sensor. On the rear, the plastic panel has a rectangular camera module that houses four lenses. Further, the phone features a 6.7-inch Infinity-O Super AMOLED display with a Full-HD+ (1080x2400 pixels) resolution and a 20:9 aspect ratio.
The Samsung Galaxy A Quantum has a quad rear camera setup comprising a 64MP (f/1.8) primary sensor, a 12MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide camera, a 5MP (f/2.4) macro sensor, and another 5MP (f/2.2) depth lens. On the front, it bears a single 32MP (f/2.2) selfie snapper. Moreover, the rear camera supports 4K video recording at 30fps, while the selfie snapper can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps.
The Samsung Galaxy A Quantum is powered by an Exynos 980 processor, coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. The phone runs on Android 10-based One UI and packs a 4,500mAh battery that supports 25W fast-charging technology. In addition, it offers all the latest connectivity options including dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/c, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Type-C port, and a headphone jack.
The Samsung Galaxy A Quantum is priced at KRW 6,49,000 (approximately Rs. 40,000). It is available for pre-booking in South Korea, and will go on sale starting May 22. All pre-orders will also get a pair of Galaxy Buds for free. However, there is no word on the availability of the device in the international markets.